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the super ally reading list

Some of the best ways to learn more are as close as the bookstore, your Kindle, or your local library. The list can’t possibly include all of the great books out there, so we’ve picked a few that represent a good place for super allies to begin.

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God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality by Jay Michaelson
Biblical Scholar Jay Michaelson takes on the “clobber passages” and examines how shared moral beliefs lead many to support LGBTQ+ equality because of their faith rather than in spite of it.

Same Sex Marriage: Pro and Con by Andrew Sullivan
Blogger Andrew Sullivan collects arguments for and against same-sex offering very little commentary, instead allowing each author to make their case in this comprehensive anthology.

Gay Rights At the Ballot Box by Amy L. Stone
Inspired by the loss at the ballot box regarding Proposition 8 in California, Amy Stone takes a comprehensive look at numerous anti-gay ballot measures across the country over the last four decades and the strategies developed to combat them.

Lost Prophet: The Life and Times of Bayard Rustin by John D’Emilio
Professor and author John D’Emilio takes on the life of civil rights activist Bayard Rustin in this exhaustive biography of a man who inspired Martin Luther King Jr., organized the 1963 March on Washington, and yet has been largely forgotten by history and had his sexual orientation ignored by many.

Straightforward: How to Mobilize Heterosexual Support for Gay Rights by Ian Ayres and Jennifer Gerarda Brown
One of the many inspirations for the Straight for Equality project, Straightforward make the case for why straight allies need to be involved in the LGBTQ+ equality movement and give some interesting tips, tools, and suggestions to become more involved.

And The Band Played On: Politics, People, and the AIDS Epidemic by Randy Shilts
San Francisco journalist Randy Shilts was at the epicenter of HIV/AIDS reporting during the earliest years of the epidemic. His book is an exhaustive look at the research, the politics, and the culture surrounding a devastating time.

Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
A groundbreaking novel, Stone Butch Blues explores the topic of gender through the eyes of Jess, who grows up in a blue collar town during the 1950s, spends time living as a man in the 1960s, and owing to his gender identity, feels a sense of losing all community in the 1970s

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
Sister Outsider is an inspirational collection of 15 essays by black lesbian feminist Audre Lorde that challenges readers to understand her life, both personal and political, in a way that causes them to question the world in which we live.